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Mar

15

2011

The Bruising of Reeds

Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed:

After conversion we need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks. . . . Such bruising may help weaker Christians not to be too much discouraged, when they see stronger ones shaken and bruised.
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Ungodly spirits, ignorant of God's ways in bringing his children to heaven, censure brokenhearted Christians as miserable persons, whereas God is doing a gracious, good work with them. It is no easy matter to bring a man from nature to grace, and from grace to glory, so unyielding and intractable are our hearts.

It is no fun to be bruised, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be painfully aware of our sin and weakness and lack; and yet, "this bruising makes us set a high price upon Christ." Or as Paul said, it is in this way that the power of Christ may rest fully upon us. Such people are not to be censured, but to be pointed to the all-sufficient Savior.

God is indeed performing a remarkable work. He is transforming our entire nature into conformity with the image of his Son. Sorrow now. Laughing then. Suffering now. Glory then.

O Lord, may I be emptied of myself, so that your power may rest more fully on me, my faith might rest more wholly in Christ, and you might use me in faithful service to point others to the Savior.

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